Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Re: Regarding Australia
I went over there six years ago with the whole family to see relatives and basically covered a lot of the country in the space of a month. I'd never been on a plane before then and I haven't since, and during that month I went on 12 separate flights - 3 to Australia, 3 back, and 6 internal ones. Flew from Heathrow to Dubai, Dubai to Singapore, Singapore to Melbourne, then Sydney, then Cairns, then Alice Springs, then Ayers Rock, then Canberra, then back to Melbourne, then Sydney again to get a connecting flight to Tokyo, followed by a 12-hour journey back to Heathrow. Considering that the furthest abroad I'd ever been before then was Paris, and I was too young to recall it properly, it was quite an overwhelming experience. Very enjoyable though, and I saw plenty of landmarks including the harbour at Sydney, the Opera House, the Barrier Reef up north, Ayers Rock.... The best meal I ever had was lobster thermidor in a quayside restaurant at night with the Harbour Bridge in the background.
The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.
Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?
ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.